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Any Good Ways To Sooth The Pain From Shingles
Shingles Pain: Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a viral infection of a nerve caused by the varizella zoster virus. It is most common in people over 60 years of age. Most people have little or no pain, that lasts only a few weeks. Some people, mostly over 65, can have severe pain, that is unbearable. For minor pain, take Aspirin or motrin, use capsaicin cream and apply heat or cold, which ever feels better. ...Read more
Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)
A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more
Shingles Pain: There is a nerve pain pill called Gabapentin that has become a common drug to treat shingles pain. Other anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen or aleve are also commonly used. Some people also get relief from the anti-histamines: claritin, zyrtec, or Allegra if not benadryl (diphenhydramine). ...Read more
2nd bout with shingles within a yr. Feels like always just below surface. Is a series of b-12 shots a good option?
See below: Varicella zoster is reactivation of the chicken pox virus that has been latent in your body since you had the disease as a child. It can happen at any age although it is more common the older you get. It can occur early if you have a condition that impairs your immunity but it can also occur without any apparent cause. It should be treated with acyclovir, valacyclovir or famvir (famciclovir). Good luck. ...Read more
I think my nerv pain from a case of the shingles is starting to subside slightly. I'm going into week 2 but have had this before. Is this a good sign?
See below: In terms of over the counter medications i would favor hydrocotisone creme. ...Read more
Mixed advice: Sunlight has been blamed for bringing on a relapse in some. During an outbreak, those places may be more sensitive to sunburn, but if mild - moderate exposure - it should have little effect. If you try it - do it only a little bit and discover your reaction. If it helps, great! if it hurts - stop. The medicine should help. Talk w/ your dr about how it's going. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have shingles and my dr prescribed acyclovir;;had had them for 23 weeks, they are scabbing over. is that a good sign?
Yes : yes that is a good sign. Once they are scabbed over they are no longer contagious. ...Read more
I have red patches on my skin that the ER doctor told me isn't shingles but it's itchy and it hurts I don't have good insurance. Help.
Since I've had chicken pox twice, once as a young child and a second time at 18, is is a good idea to get immunized for shingles? I am now 63.
Routine check up 6 weeks ago and platelets were 650. 3 weeks later I had bad case of flu. Over flu, but have a moderate case of shingles. Blood work yesterday had platelets at 603. Could these illnesses cause the high count? Is it good that count had de
See hematologist: High platelets can be divided into reactive or essential. Reactive is as it mean, not a problem by itself. Example of reactive is when there is illness Inflammation and iron diff anemia. Essential will need further work up to know where is the problem in the platelets manufacturing process. Your first blood work done when you were not sick so it is unlikely that it's related to illness. ...Read more
What is a good way to deal with acute shingles pain without nsaids. Ex cold or hot pack or bath vitamins or supplements etc.?
If only you could: I wish i could tell you there is some great home remedy for shingles pain but I have never heard of it. Nothing works very well. The nerve is in the "on" mode and is screaming at your brain that something hurts. If you don't like medicine, you could try accupuncture. Now the real problem. Once in a while, shingles happens because something else is wrong that you are unaware of. Call your doc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the risks associated with the shingles vaccine if my WBC is 3.2x10*9/l
neutrophils 1.56x10*9/l? Age 65 female in relatively good health.
Shingles Vaccine: Runny or stuffy nose, respiratory infection, and injection site reactions are some of the most commonly reported side effects of the shingles vaccine. Side effects are generally minor and do not require medical attention in most cases. There are, however, certain shingles vaccine side effects that are more serious and should be reported to a healthcare provider immediately, such as heart problems. ...Read more
Doc diagnosed herpes (shingles) (red rashes on right scalp,cheek & neck with fever) but prescribed amoxicillin+clavulanate combi. Is this any good?
Viral infection: The medication you've bee prescribed is Not a customary treatment for herpes zoster infection. I generally prescribe Valtrex™ Or similar. Your treating MD may be treating you for a bacterial infection you've been diagnosed. Check with your doctor to have a clarification, or seek a second opinion. ...Read more
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